Fat Reduction vs. Skin Tightening: Here’s the Skinny

Fat Reduction vs. Skin Tightening: Here’s the Skinny


With so many treatment options out there, it can be difficult to figure out which may be best for you.  To point you in the right direction, while maximizing your time and budget, it’s best to consider the following:


If you are contemplating CoolSculptingÒ or liposuction, there are a few key questions you need to ask yourself.  Are you seeking a single, intensive treatment with immediate results? Also, are you comfortable with some downtime post treatment? Or does the idea of receiving a few smaller, non- invasive treatments with absolutely zero downtime and results visible within three to four months’ sound more appealing to you?

Liposuction is your best bet if you are looking for instant results with one treatment and you do not mind building some recovery days into your schedule. Alternatively, CoolsculptingÒ could be an ideal option if you’re seeking to return to work and your regular daily routine immediately.


Budget is a major concern for most patients.  Some have saved money specifically for cosmetic treatments and others are trying their best to find a way for their financial situation to support the added expense.   Ask yourself if you are more comfortable making smaller payments, as with Coolsculpting, or if you have the means to take on the more significant costs associated with liposuction and surgery fees.


This is the most critical piece of criteria to consider.  Not every person is a candidate for every procedure because these procedures treat different issues.  Although many patients become interested in these treatments after losing weight, the fact is that none of these procedures is a magic wand for keeping the weight off.  Furthermore, liposuction, Coolsculpting, Vanquish and Exilis all address different concerns. Coolsculpting helps contour stubborn areas of fat with subtle results.  Liposuction offers a more dramatic change that removes excess fat from the body and contours the area for a sleeker appearance. Neither Coolsculpting, Vanquish nor Liposuction is going to tighten your skin.  If loose skin is a primary concern, consider Exilis or possibly a tummy tuck, based on your individual needs.


Be wary of aesthetic practices that only offer one option.  The reality is that there is no single treatment that is best for everybody.  There are a ton of medical spas that market a new machine or procedure that claims to fix everyone’s problems.  Well you know the old adage, “If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”  This is a simple case of a medical practice trying to fit the patient to the machine, instead of vice versa. Dr. Pooja Malik believes that offering a wealth of modalities and options to treat each individual patient is key to successful patient outcomes. Doctors that practice with the same motto are the ones that are truly dedicated to offering the safest and most effective treatments, which ultimately saves the patient both time and money.

Fat Reduction vs. Skin Tightening: Here’s the Skinny

Reverse Aging Lips

Reverse Aging Lips

The appearance of our lips plays a significant role in maintaining a youthful look.  It is common for many to overlook their lips when it comes to their short term and long-term anti-aging strategy.  A perfect pout does not solely depend on the lips themselves, but also involves the immediate surrounding features.  There are six main traits associated with your lips that give away your age and some may surprise you.


Just as with the rest of your face, the lips should be exfoliated, hydrated and protected from the sun daily.  If your lips are not exfoliated regularly, your lip care products will sit on top of the skin and will not be able to penetrate into the deeper layers.  After exfoliating, apply a hydrating mask that restores moisture and nutrients to the lips.  You want to ensure your lips are properly hydrated to avoid chapped, crinkled lips. Each day be sure to include a lip balm that is made with all natural ingredients such as beeswax, shea butter, aloe vera, coconut oil and jojoba oil. Lip balms that contain alcohol and other synthetic ingredients typically cause dryness and skin sensitivities.


Courtesy of Kyle Jenner, you cannot open a beauty magazine today without reading about new methods to add fullness to your lips.  We produce more collagen and hyaluronic acid when we are younger giving a plump, youthful look. As we age, our lips begin to deflate and begin to grow thin.  Although there are countless lip plumping products promising fuller lips, the best way to achieve this is through dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC.  This groundbreaking dermal filler, based on hyaluronic acid (HA), is specifically designed to boost the volume of the lips and diminish the appearance of fine lines around the mouth. This injectable treatment is formulated to deliver a smoother, softer consistency that mimics the natural feel of your lips for a longer time.


When we are younger, our lips have upturned outer corners due to the natural fullness of the skin.  This subtle feature radiates a brighter and more vibrant appearance.  Facial exercises to tone these muscles will help lift the lips up to keep them looking fuller, longer.


The vermilion border, the thin area that separates the lip color from the rest of your skin, is sharp around your lips when we are young.  As age sets in, this border begins to fade and fine lines begin to appear around the lip area. The vermilion border can be redefined with dermal fillers to create a rejuvenated, more youthful appearance.


A projected cupid’s bow, located above the center of your lips, is a trademark for youthful lips. Over the years this arch and bow shape can begin to sag, causing your lips to show their age.  This is why defining this area with lip liner is a popular make-up technique. Longer lasting results can be achieved be adding volume back into your cupid’s bow with dermal fillers.

Color Correct

Lastly, as sexy as bold lip colors are, they are not the ideal route to take if your goal is to take a few years off. A glowing, rosy lip with a natural looking pink hue is one of the hallmark traits of youthful lips. So, try toning it down!

Reverse Aging Lips